23,462 producers under IFA certification*

17 licensed Farm Assurers**


A Farm Assurer training for livestock was conducted in Hokkaido, Japan’s top milk-producing region. Covering 52% of Japan’s total milk production, Hokkaido outputs 3.8 metric tons of raw milk a year. A Vietnamese livestock consultant was invited to provide expertise on dairy certification, as Vietnam is the only country in Asia with GLOBALG.A.P. certified milk producers.

Two new dairy producers became GLOBALG.A.P. certified, the first certifications for commercial production in Japan. Previously a GLOBALG.A.P. Dairy Standard certification was granted to the Faculty of Agriculture’s university farm at the University of Miyazaki, for research purposes only.

Takesue Katsuhisa, Technical Key Account Manager Japan, based in Japan
Languages: Japanese, English, takesue@globalgap.org


Ongoing capacity building activities continued in the  country, leading to the addition of 13 new Farm Assurers.  A G.A.P. in Action poster was developed in Hindi for local  farmers, and a BayG.A.P. Booklet was developed in 5  different local languages.

Sahyadri Farmers Producer Co. Ltd., the largest  GLOBALG.A.P. certified farmers’ group in India became  a GLOBALG.A.P. Member in 2018, bringing the total to  6 Members in India. Sahyadri has around 1,200 grape  farmers and more than 7,000 fruit and vegetable farmers  with a combined farmland area of over 20,000 acres.

Jitendra Mandrah, Key Account Manager India, based in India
Languages: Hindi, English, mandrah@globalgap.org

Pradeep Bharti, Technical Key Account Manager India, based in India
Languages: Hindi, English bharti@globalgap.org


A first localg.a.p. Program for fruit and vegetables was developed under coordination of the Vietnamese High-Quality Product Business Association & Business Support Application Service Company Limited (BSAS). The program was supported by Vincommerce General Commercial Services Joint Stock Company, a retailer belonging to VinGroup of Vietnam, which owns thousands of large and small supermarkets in all of Vietnam’s provinces.

The English video introducing the localg.a.p. Program was translated  into Vietnamese to promote this step-wise certification solution  for local small-scale producers. 

A round table meeting was conducted in collaboration with a certification body to promote the GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit and Vegetable Standard. The meeting was attended by more than 100 companies including producers, suppliers, retailers, and industry representatives. And an aquaculture update was held in September 2018 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the developments and advances of the GLOBALG.A.P.  Aquaculture certification system.

Pham Viet Anh, Technical Key Account Manager Vietnam, based in Vietnam
Languages: Vietnamese, English, pham@globalgap.org


A major development on the retail front is the GLOBALG.A.P. Membership of the China Ants Alliance (CAA), which is operated and managed by Zhengzhou Ant Hezhong  Business Management Co. Ltd. The CAA has 32 corporate members from 19 provinces  and municipalities. Its members operate over 1,300 supermarket stores serving 10 million customers per day and generating an annual turnover of more than 45 billion CNY (approx. €5.7 billion). CAA will strive to promote Good Agricultural Practices in the Chinese market and is committed to ensuring food safety and excellent quality for Chinese consumers through its own brand for fresh produce.

Xin Zhou, Technical Key Account Manager China, based in China
Languages: Chinese, English, zhou@globalgap.org


A Farm Assurer Workshop was conducted as part of a measure to license 5 Farm Assurers.

Siam Fresh Enterprise Co. Ltd, a supplier and exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables, became the third GLOBALG.A.P. member from Thailand. A video introducing the localg.a.p. Program was translated into Thai to promote this step-wise certification solution for local small-scale producers.

Napaporn Rattanametta, Technical Key Account Manager Thailand, based in Thailand
Languages: Thai, English, rattanametta@globalgap.org


GLOBALG.A.P. is strongly committed to investing a great deal of capacity building in collaboration with strong partners in the region. One such project is the Trade Facilitation in Central Asia project supported by GIZ, German Corporation for International Cooperation, which has been operating in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan since 2017. The objectives of the project are to improve competitiveness and easy access of horticultural products from Central Asia to international markets through development of GLOBALG.A.P.  services affordable for local producers and available across the region. As part of the project three GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR Stops were organized in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

One TOUR Stop in Bosnia was organized through EU ProLocal, the joint program of the European Union and the German Government for local self-government and economic development.

Capacity building and Farm Assurer workshops were organized in Tashkent in Uzbekistan, and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. A Quality Management System (QMS) and Internal Inspector Training (IIT) were also conducted in Bishkek.

Pre-audit farm assessments were successfully conducted for one farm and one producer group in Uzbekistan, one farm in Kazakhstan, one farm in Kyrgyzstan, one farm in Tajikistan. This was a great opportunity to work hand-in-hand with newly trained consultants and GLOBALG.A.P. experts to spread better awareness about standard certification.

Edite Strazdina, Technical Key Account Manager Central Asia, Latvia, Russia , based in Latvia
Languages: Latvian, Russian, English, strazdina@globalgap.org

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**all dates updated December 2018 - Annual Report 2018
**for a full list of Farm Assurers see here.